Mission: Improve food security

Sustainable Foods & Resources Society announces a year of workshop opportunities ahead for local residents.

Sue Harvey (left) and Leda Fair gave presentations at the fall fair this year.

The West Boundary Sustainable Foods and Resources Society has grown out of the West Boundary Local Foodsharing Group created in 2010. The group was at the Rock Creek Fall Fair with a booth offering presentations and displays.

Their Saturday schedule featured Sue Harvey, an expert on bees from Osoyoos, who will be also giving a workshop this Saturday at Teddy Bear Farm in Midway, 815 Division from 2 to 4:30.

Leda Fair gave three workshops: on sun-infused teas, lasagna gardening and extending the growing season.

The people involved with this group have always known the value of teaching others and they put their booth to good use. As well as the presentations they also had static displays on genetically modified organisms, Round-up, mini-hoop gardening and lasagna gardening.

The society is also continuing the practice of offering community workshops on a great variety of subjects. They are developing a schedule of workshops for the next year that will begin in November with sessions on using local grains in bread making and using grains three times a day.

The workshops will cover seasonal topics with December’s lone session called Tasty, but Healthy Christmas Eating.

As winter gives way to spring next year you can expect the workshops to provide a lot of timely gardening information, from soil preparation in the spring to a session on juicing apples scheduled for October 2014.

The Society’s mission is to improve food security by cultivating a healthy, sustainable, local food system through education and community action.

According to literature they distributed at the fair the society is maintaining a broad definition of community action, through educational opportunities around food production, processing, storage and healthy eating, plus supporting local producers and businesses.

The WBSF&RS is continuing the development of community gardens, the production of organically grown produce and storage.

The society is presently raising money in order to plant garlic in the Rock Creek and Midway community gardens. They are asking for donations of $10 that will each fund a pound of garlic seed.

At harvest time 2014, some of the garlic will be available for local residents and the rest will be sold in order to raise money for community garden equipment and supplies, plus seminars and workshops for the West Boundary.

 

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